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Premier League unhappy with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore admits that they are concerned with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, but admits there is little they can do about them. The Premier League has it owns FFP system, but Scudamore feels the UEFA system is causing tension amongst clubs.

"It has set club against club," he is quoted by the Daily Telegraph.

"They are all looking at each other and policing each other; it's another thing to have a snipe at each other about. But it's here to stay.

"You can write whatever rules you want but implementing them and coming up with the appropriate remedial action is the hardest part - and we are not at that phase yet. The lawyers will be doing well.''

Scudamore would not be drawn on inflating Premier League wages, insisting that the 'market' determines what people earn.

"Do I worry about players' wages?'' said Scudamore.

"You can't justify their wages; you can only explain them. The really talented people are hard to find and the market decides what they're going to be paid."

Asked whether Wayne Rooney would be worth the reported £300,000-a-week, he added: "Worth it? Somebody has made the calculation that in their model, their world, he is worth paying that money to stay at the club and play for the club and that's the end of it."

And Scudamore insists the Premier League are continually looking at fans grievances, especially on things like ticket prices.

"People always quote the highest pricing. We've just done a survey of ticket pricing and you can buy adult tickets from £20 to £41 across the league or the kids' discount stuff," he said.

"I'm not saying it's inexpensive but it's not all at the high end that everyone wants to quote. We have always said clubs should stretch their prices. There should be affordable ticketing at one end.'' He paused, then added: "We are heading for record attendance; we are currently tracking at 95.8 per cent attendance.''

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